Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: A special State conference of panchayat presidents held here on Saturday urged the Government not to interfere in the regular functioning of the panchayats, especially with regard to the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) programme.

A resolution was passed in this regard at the conference organised by Tamil Nadu Makkalatchi Mandram (People’s Governance Cell) of Chennai held under the chairmanship of M.L.Doss, general secretary of the Mandram. The resolution had stated that the panchayats had more responsibility in implementing the NREG programme works than the Centre and the State Government. The meeting demanded that the work be implemented on a daily wage basis than based on work parameters. The Government should provide employment for more than 100 days for the jobless and 100 days should only be the minimum. The minimum wage should be increased to Rs.100 against the present Rs.80. Some of the works being carried out were not implemented properly and it wanted the Government to stop the works during monsoon. By another resolution, the conference urged the Government not to interfere .